You no longer follow Dayle

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Dayle

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Dayle

Hoover, Al, United States | Member Since 2007

ratings
398
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and best-selling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals - also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the he chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

    Dayle says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    If I had a wish to come true of meeting a living person to spend an hour with, I think It would be Oliver Sacks. Whole-brained thinker and creative as well as scientific and always wide open senses. Great book. Fascinating life as well as person.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (156)

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    Brenda says: "Richly textured and captivating"
    "like an abstract prose"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Nowhere is a Place?

    like an abstract prose


    What was most disappointing about Bernice McFadden’s story?

    The summary seemed like the perfect story to listen too....BUT, You have to be in the mood for the 'flight of ideas'/disjointed way the story unfolds. I personally feel author is 'over reaching' to be artistic...to point of loosing reader/listener altogether. I listened for about an hour and felt ungrounded and lost in story line. I suppose it is just dependent on the type of story telling that appeals to you. This did not appeal to me at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Bolton
    • Narrated By Michael Bolton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. The Soul of it All is his backstage pass into his life lived thus far-into the venues, busses, limos, and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed "vagabond vampire" life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies, and torments.

    KimCat says: "Lists of Names"
    "Passion with compassion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Deep. Passionate. Real and sensitive to himself and others. Thank you for You Michael.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living with Honor: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sal Giunta
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs, Sal Giunta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Sal Giunta was just a regular kid from Iowa when he enlisted in the army to figure out what to do with his life. He never thought that a few tours of duty later, he would be the first living person since the Vietnam War to be awarded the esteemed Medal of Honor.

    Terry says: "Thank You Sgt Giunta"
    "Amazing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Sal, for your brave and compassionate duty to our nation and your fellow men in arms. Great story. Ive never listened to a story like this before. I was totally enthralled and felt your every emotion. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Yangzom Brauen
    • Narrated By Yangzom Brauen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom.

    Lynn says: "Excellent all around!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This story grabbed me and immersed me into a foreign world that is unthinkable to a westener. Moving headlong thru a world in 1940-50 Tibet in which live is as basic and beautiful as can be imagined, thru an unbelievable excape/refugees/relocating into ultimately Swizterland......cannot imagine how a body and mind and spirit can stretch and adapt...And all infused with the love, compassion and peaceful acceptance which is the heart of Tibeten Buddhaism. I loved this. Yangzom is a jewel of precious status.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nujood Ali
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night.

    Douglas says: "Three stars"
    "shockingly moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Told in her voice, this is a moving account of the bravery of a lone girl, in the face of poverty and violence. Most of us cannot imagine the events of this sweet girls life unfolding within this story. I definately plan to follow her life as best as I can. Amazing. A must 'listen' to for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laurie Garrett
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment, and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pronounciation is the key!"
    "Odd and disturbing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Coming Plague in three words, what would they be?

    You cant read title and not expect to be disturbed by the subject matter. Well researched and all encompassing in scope and details. The Odd part for me, was the readers pronounciation of diseases and many medications used to treat them. For example, Eboli is pronounced "Able-ah". Took me about 20 min to realize what she was talking about, and I only guessed do the description of that horrific disease. Well intended, but annoying.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (307)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Inspiratonal!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A story of deep sadness, the love of friendships, the bravery of a girl who was not afraid to stand up to the world for what was right and decent. This world could use more like her indeed.

    Everytime I finish a Courtenay novel, I swear to a new favorite book in my top 5 list. Until the next on, this one is definately in that list.

    Humphrey Bower as always, brings the charactors to life and thru my ears into my heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4153)
    Performance
    (3626)
    Story
    (3592)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "My first Murakami, Not my last!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Entrancing


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    The surrealism


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because it was so rich and saturated with thoughts and visions and details, I needed short breaks to digest the story. But, that was fine! Made it last longer!


    Any additional comments?

    I have since been working backwards thru the Audible library and am nearing the end of what is available by Murukami. I love everything he has done. A 2nd favorite tho, is "Kafka on the Shore". If you like the kinda of surreal and rich stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you will love Murukami. Of course, the setting of Japan lend a bit different flavor! Well worth the journey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3278)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1616)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Wow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Shantaram?

    I read this when it was first published, and found myself calling in sick to work in order to not have to put down. This audio version was no different! Gregory spins a convoluted and engaging tale, his life and his loves. His passions and his humor. The colors "paints with" will fill your head with murials of a life that will leave you gasping, crying, laughing, and feeling very phylosophical. I cant wait for his next addition, the 'part 2' of an amazing life.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His ability to capture the
    voices and personalities
    of so many charactors from
    so many cultures and countries


    Who was the most memorable character of Shantaram and why?

    Gregory Roberts-the author/main voice of book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.